The three books to read if you are looking for peace of mind in 2016

Hey guys, I have been reading three amazing books that I think you will love if  like me,you are hoping for a better 2016 that will take you on a spiritual journey and ensure you achieve all that your heart desires.

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The little book of wisdom should be owned by everyone. This tiny little book has a simple, motivational message on every page and is perfect to dip into for a little inspiration.
This book suggests small and practical ways to change the way we think and interact with people to help us be happier in our every day life.

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A perfect little gem that speak to your heart through the writings of the Dalai Lama who teaches important lessons about life, death and love.

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I absolutely love this book, I think it provides a great insight into  leading and living a peaceful life.

I am sure that by now you guys will have noticed that all of the books I have recommended are focused on Buddhism. This is mainly because I believe that Buddhism is the perfect starting point for those beginning  to learn how to change their life for the better and will hopefully inspire  you to achieve all your goals for this year.

Please leave me a comment if you guys decide to read any of these books- I want to hear your opinions.

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Top Ten Books Of 2015

First off, let me start by saying that I am so sorry for not posting for A WHOLE MONTH but I have been really ill, as well as being tied down with schoolwork. However I am back and can’t wait to get started.

The end of the year is nigh which means a new year, but most importantly new books!!!!!!!!! There are so many good books coming out next year and I am really excited, but I can’t go into the new year without mentioning some of my favourite books that have been released this year… *hint-there has been a lot* So, let’s get started !

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SUMMARY:

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Dooris a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

SHORT REVIEW:

One word: amazing. This book is a roller-coaster of emotions but a definite keeper.

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SUMMARY:
Noa Blake is just another normal 15 yearold with exams looming. Except in The Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children have a node on the back of their necks and can download information, bypassing the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out even to compete. And competing is everything – because anybody who fails the exams will be shipped off to the Wetlands, which means a life of misery, if not certain death. But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?

SHORT REVIEW:

Words can actually not describe this book. I absolutely love it, it really draws parallels between our current meritocratic (or lack of) society and how it could become in the future. Check out my review for a more detailed analysis.

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SUMMARY: 

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

SHORT REVIEW: 

The fourth novel in the throne of glass series. As this book is part of a series, I would not suggest reading this until you have read the first three. Otherwise, a riveting read that definitely deserves all the credit it gets.

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

SHORT REVIEW: 

This one is probably a bit naughty 🙂 I haven’t actually read Dumplin yet, I literally just received a copy today from the prospective publishers Harper 360. But, I have to include it as it one of my most anticipated reads for this year. WATCH OUT FOR MY REVIEW 🙂

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SUMMARY:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster

SHORT REVIEW:

A beautiful story that will have you hooked from start to finish. Read my review to find out more 🙂

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SUMMARY:

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

SHORT REVIEW:

A book written about one of my favourite tv series… what more could a girl ask for??????????

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SUMMARY: 

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met.Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future… before she loses everything she has grown to love.

SHORT REVIEW:

Got an ARC of this from NETGALLEY; a heartbreakingly beautiful read.

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SUMMARY

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own hear

SHORT REVIEW:

The book that blew everyone away this, both metaphorically and literally.

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SUMMARY: 

What happens when love isn’t enough to conquer all?

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

SHORT REVIEW: 

A truly captivating book that tries it very best to capture the voice of a transgender protagonist.

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SUMMARY: 

It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes..

SHORT REVIEW:

READ! READ! AND READ THIS TRULY SPECIAL BOOK.

National Anti-Bullying Week

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So this week (16th November-20th November) is national anti-bullying week, children around the UK will likely be receiving sessions from their teachers about the implications of bullying, they may even hear from speakers who want to spread the message. But, can any of these things measure up to what it is really like to be bullied?

A bully is blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidatessmaller or weaker people. (definition as provided by Dictionary.com) However, the form of bullying can occur in many ways, these may vary from: cyber, emotional, physical and covert bullying. Being a victim of bullying can often be one of the hardest things to go through, it in many ways destroys a part of you, that you can never get back… take it from me who has suffered at the hands of bullies and never felt like I truly recovered.

During my earlier high school years, I dealt with a lot of bullying, much of it involved the criticism of my appearance and led to me being severely ill after taking drastic measures to become someone different. It’s funny because a lot of the time when I would go through this stuff, I wouldn’t tell anyone because it had got to a point where I felt like I deserved the stack of cards I was being dealt. Moreover, I spent much of the time hating my own reflection that I never really understood the complexity of these horrible people. Bullies seek to hurt you because it is easier than them admitting their flaws, they hurt you because their insecurities seem better on the back of someone else.

Recent years have seen so many teenagers commit suicide because of bullying. Take, for example, Amanda Todd who hanged herself after being a victim of severe school and cyber bullying. Before her suicide, Amanda uploaded a youtube video detailing all that she had been through, in hope that it could change someone’s else life. She was a hero.

But, why is it that people only listen to you once the worst case scenario happens. What is it about society that have made them so desensitised to other people’s feelings? We may never know, but word of advice… If you ever see someone being bullied, don’t take a backseat. You may just be the person that could change their life.

The Wolf Wilder Book Review

Summary: 

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves

Series: No, as far as I know Wolf Wilder is not part of a series.

Pages: 319 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review: 

I was sent this book by a PR representative at Bloomsbury, all opinions stated are that of my own.

When I first read the blurb to this book, I had no idea if it was going to be good because the description did not sound like something I would be interested in. Boy was I wrong!

The story follows Feodora, a young but very headstrong female who alongside her mother helps to tame wolves but not in the typical way you are probably thinking of, a wolf wilder doesn’t train wolves to adapt to civilisation. Instead, they train them how to be better at defending themselves.

The book is beautifully written and managed to keep my attention for a really long time. I loved the landscape as it was set in rural Russia,which was something I found particularly interesting as it brought something fresh to the table.

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Furthermore,  we’re made aware of the state of Russia, and how beaten they are by Rakov, the tyrant who rules over Feo’s town in Russia. Also, we get to see first-hand the power children really have as they are the driving force behind a revolution that seeks to reclaim their land back. Feo’s sheer bravery and courage is really what makes this story and will leave you feeling a small sense of glee once you are finished.

A heart warming book for everyone.

Rating: 4*

Emoji Book Tag :)

I was tagged by the lovely Jordan at I will never own enough books for this Emoji Tag. She tagged me earlier this month but due to my hectic school schedule, I am only getting round to it now. Thank you so much Jordan, this seems like such a cool and fun tag.

In this tag, you pair your five most used or recently used emojis to books. This may be a bit weird at times considering me and friends sometimes use the randomest emojis on our group chat, but hopefully I can apply it to books ahahaha.

Kissing Emoji 

For me when I use the kissing emoji, it is usually to express a sense of gratitude or love to one of my friends. So, when deciding how to apply it to this tag, I decided to use it for the book that I am most grateful for… This may be cheating but there are two books I am most grateful for, so I just have to include them both.

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City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series… a series that changed my life for the better in so many ways. I would highly recommend this series as it is just amazing. Credit to my all time favourite author Cassandra Clare for blessing me with such fantastic books.

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We were liars is a very special book. This book is indescribably one of the best books I have ever read. The poetic flow of writing, the twists and turns all make for an amazing book that sometimes leaves me in puddles of tears.


Sad Emoji

For me the symbolisation of this emoji is pretty simple, I associate it with all things sad. Furthermore, when I see this emoji it reminds me of a book that to this day still has me blubbering in a puddle whenever I read it.

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Best Of Me is a book by Nicholas Sparks and is one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read. It is still one of my all time favourites though haha, I would definitely recommend it to anyone.


Angry Emoji

THERE REALLY IS ONLY ONE BOOK THAT GETS ME SO ANGRY AND ANNOYED TO THE POINT THAT I CAN NO LONGER FUNCTION OR EVEN CONSIDER BREATHING… THAT BOOK IS TWILIGHT!!!!!!! HONESTLY, I HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE WHOLE SERIES AND REALLY JUST DON’T GET THE HYPE.


Love Heart Emoji

The love heart emoji refers to the book I am currently reading and loving so far… that book is The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. It’s a book about one of my favourite characters, from my favourite series by my favourite author… What’s not to love.


 Embarrassed Emoji

AWWW, this emoji is so cute haha ❤ Okay so this emoji goes to the book that I love but it honestly makes me cringe every-time I read it.  I love Lolita but it really makes me almost gag at certain points because it is just sooooo wrong, however Nabokov is a literary genius and I do find myself falling in love with this book more and more.

Book Review: Pierre The Maze Detective

Author: Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN
Publisher: Laurence King
Published: 2015
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 36

Review:

I received this book from a representative at Midas PR in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are of my own.

Pierre The Maze Detective is such a fun and engrossing book that will have you hooked for hours. The book sees the reader helping Pierre find Mr. X by completing challenges on each page. I won’t lie, in order to get through this book you need some good observation skills and excellent patience.

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As you can see the book, similarly to Where’s Wally is filled with beautiful pictures and a simplistic layout.

One thing I loved about the book was that it was not only interactive but had a clear and concise story that was actually fun to complete. I mean, I gave the book to my little brother and he was sitting there for about a hour and he is really hard to please, due to his inability to stay still for five minutes. *so for that I am eternally grateful to Pierre ahaha*

The book is definitely great fun for the children and I am definitely considering buying one for my nephews at Christmas.

Rating: 4*

Book Review: Hysteria By Anthony Ergo

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Summary:

HYSTERIA sees Sasha, Aaron and Zara travel to America to combat a coven of Black Witches who are inflicting Hysteria on the local society. Can Sasha help her friends overcome the most deadly of foes and uncover the truth about Dystopia Day while trying to graduate as an Agent?

HYSTERIA is the second book in the paranormal YA series, DYSTOPIA by Anthony Ergo.

Review:

I received this book from the author Anthony Ergo in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

Hysteria is the follow up novel to Dystopia and somehow manages to top the first one by a mile. I finished Hysteria in a day after doing nothing else but binge-reading for the whole day. This sequel sees Sasha in America as she trains in the Academy, whilst also helping her friends (Aaron and Zara) combat against two very powerful black witches who have inflicted the curse of Hysteria on the locals.

The writing in this book is incredible and somewhat captivating… Ergo has a very rare way with words that enable him to keep you hooked each chapter. It is something I give him a ton of credit for because I also say “anyone can write a story, but it takes a genius to create a masterpiece” Furthermore, the fact that Ergo isn’t already a household name actually somewhat frustrates me, because it is so obvious that he puts everything into his writing.

Now, in terms of character development. I wasn’t entirely sure how much more Ergo could possibly make me fall in love with the main characters (*Wink, Wink* Aaron). However, this book unravels so many more layers to the characters that I found myself gravitating to them more; and each for different reasons.

Aaron, Aaron, Aaron ❤ I think it is pretty obvious that Mr Hart is my favourite character, as I personally think he is the most relatable character. Hysteria sees Aaron struggle with his past as he finds himself battling with alcoholism, whilst Sasha is away. The fact is Aaron spent his whole childhood with a parent who saw alcohol as their only form of therapy,and when the going gets rough, he results to it too. Now, you may wonder why someone would turn to the very thing that destroyed their mother… The truth is, I don’t know *I’m not a therapist*. But, what I can guarantee is that all this will only make you love Aaron even more.

Sasha grows so much in this book because no more does she let her fears consume her, instead she faces them head on. Whilst Sasha is training at the academy she is seen as the underdog by her competitors and not taken seriously due to her lack of powers. However, rather than let this affect her she works hard with her partner Dexter to become the best student the academy has seen. The relationship between her and father is so beautiful to watch, as they grow so much closer in Hysteria… I guess that’s what happens when there are no more secrets.

Zara is one of a kind and there isn’t much I can say about her apart from… AMAZEBALLS ❤ Honestly, all the characters in this series have such relatable qualities and quirky personalities, that it would be horrifically crazy if you didn’t like them.

This book ticks all the right boxes for me and is a definite recommendation to any one out there that has read Dystopia, but not picked up the sequel. It it also a recommendation for those prospective buyers *GO OUT AND BUY THIS BOOK*

Rating: 5**************************

Horrorgami by Paper Dandy

Summary: 

Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami features 20 kirigami (cut-and-fold) designs based around haunted houses and scenes from horror films by the creator of the successful Horrorgami blog and exhibition. Each project features step-by-step instructions and a template that you remove from the book. You then follow the lines on the template, cutting and folding to make your own kirigami model. All you need is a scalpel, a cutting mat and a ruler. Clear cutting tips help you with the tricky stages and give you an order in which to complete your work, while photos of the finished model show you the final design. Suitable for folding experts and beginners alike, Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami makes the perfect Halloween activity.

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Okay guys I know I have been AWOL for like two weeks now… I am so sorry, I have just been really busy with school and then I had some health complications that left me feeling a bit depressed. But I’m back now and I do not plan on taking any more breaks for the time being.

Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese “kiru” = to cut, “kami” = paper), rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami. This book is perfect for the holidays as it is filled with fun things to cut out and create for Halloween. As the title suggests this book is filled with haunted houses and scenes from famous horror films, it’s the perfect past-time for saddos like me that are too scared to watch these films.

I am new to the art of Kirigami so everytime I attempted something, I got so scared I would mess it up. But they ended up turning out pretty great and I have now used them as Halloween decorations all around my house, not that much to mum’s excitement though. (HAHAHAHA SORRY MADRE)
I would definitely recommend Horrorgami to anyone looking for a book to get them through this holiday season… Just sit back, relax and create a masterpiece. 

The Secret Garden Book Review

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Summary:

From the artist and the publisher that brought you the hugely successful Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest – this special artist’s edition features 20 beautiful, pull out art prints for colouring in. Colouring fans of all ages will enjoy immersing themselves in a selection of the most popular artworks from the original book, now presented in a new, large-scale format for maximum colouring enjoyment. Each detailed illustration is printed on high-quality card and can be removed easily for framing or craft projects.

Review:

I received this book from Laurence King Publishing, in return of a honest review. All opinions stated are of my own 🙂

How many of you loved to colour as a child? *Newsflash* artist and illustrator Johanna Basford has now made it acceptable for adults and teens to enjoy such a hobby. These adult colouring books have taken the world by storm with millions already sold out worldwide.

In regards to the illustrations, they are all extremely pretty and such a delight to colour. Honestly I literally spent like a whole day trying to create an artistic masterpiece *which is ironic considering that I can’t draw to save my life* but that’s what I love about this book… You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy it, you just have to be creative and know how to colour *within the lines guys haha*

The second one isn’t actually my attempt but I love how this person colored it, so just had to put it in my review.

So would I recommend this book to anyone? Hell Yes, we all need a bit of colour in our lives. Especially now that the weather has become so dull. 

Rating? 5* 

Most Anticipated Book!

I don’t know about you guys but I have so many upcoming books coming out that I am so excited for. However, in this post I am only going to be talking about my most anticipated book for the next year, and, that is *Drumroll Please* Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare. Just for those of you that don’t Know, Cassandra Clare is my favourite author with Mortal Instruments being my favourite series of all time.

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Summary: 

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you? 1000

Would I recommend this book to anyone? Well duh, it’s by Cassandra Clare so obviously haha.